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CONTEMPORARY LIVING


Since the launch of our home styling service 9 months ago, sectional sofas seem to present the biggest styling challenge, particularly in small spaces.

The attraction to sectional sofas over the traditional sofa is the increasing demand for additional comfort and seating.

 However when you are moving with a sectional sofa to new living spaces, the sectional can limit the flow of traffic, overpower a room and also not fit the new space in terms of its configuration!


I often recommend splitting the sectional if a room is struggling to absorb the size of the sectional so that you have 2 traditional style sofas opposite each other. Adding scatter cushions or throws will deflect from the fact that one side doesn’t have an arm. I also find that breaking the rectangular angles of the sofa with round ottomans or tables and free standing lights help to create a balance in the room.
 


1.
   THROW PILLOWS


Place the throw pillows in strategic parts of the sectional so it doesn’t look messy and unattractive.

 2.                                 COFFEE TABLE?

If space is at a premium, rather than cluttering it with a coffee table, I recommend using small round side tables that can be brought in to the centre of the sectional when entertaining guests.

3.
   STYLE OF COFFEE TABLE

 
Note that the size of the coffee table should fit within the edges of the sofa!

I also recommend coffee or occasional tables to be in a different colour & texture to the sofa – white, brass, nickel, iron, marble add a stark contrast to the fabric.
 
4.               
LAYOUT

 
Whilst an L-shape sofa may be more comfortable to relax in, they can also be problematic when entertaining, as guests sit next to each other in a line.
I always recommend configuring the living space (even if it's small) by adding arm chairs, ottomans or benches. This provides guests with space & creates an easy flow for conversations.

5.
   RUGS


If you choose to put a rug in your living room, ensure the rug is large enough to cover the whole living area so that it anchors the entire furniture grouping. Small rugs covering the coffee table alone are a no-no.

6.                           
   FRAMING THE SECTIONAL


I do like adding a console behind the length of the sectional, floating bookshelves or two mirrors in the absence of a piece of  ”wow" art work.
 
7.
   LIGHTING


We recommend standing lamps with sectional sofas, but if they aren't enough, we love adding a statement pendant light or chandeliers to define a living space.

8.                               
   INDOOR PLANTS



Great fillers for empty spaces left around a sectional and add a pop of colour.

9.                              
  THROWS



A must have accessory for sectionals.

It's great for power naps and also adds a layer of texture & warmth to the space.

 
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